Tim Richards' GREAT SPIRIT

Epistrophy
33 Records, 2005
33Jazz120

Track Listing

1. Kirsten Sunday Morning (J Walrath) 5:43
2.
Pushing the Boat Back (E Jones) 8:08
3.
Cliffs (T Richards) 8:56
4. (a)
Epistrophy (T Monk) 12:00
    (b)
Apostrophe (T Richards)
    (c)
Epistrophy (reprise) (T Monk)
5.
Over the Moon (T Richards) 8:05
6.
Fish Wish (T Richards) 6:36
7.
From the Deep (T Richards) 5:27

All tracks arranged by Tim Richards, except #2, arranged by Ed Jones

Line-up:

Jason Yarde - alto sax
Ed Jones - tenor sax/bass clarinet
Tony Kofi - baritone sax
Dick Pearce - trumpet
Roger Beaujolais - vibes
Leon Stenning - guitar
Tom Herbert - bass/electric bass
Seb Rochford - drums
Tim Richards - piano/keyboards

Press Reviews

"Jazz supergroup whose passion proves inspirational. The contagious rhythmic energy of ‘Kirsten Sunday Morning’ makes you want to do heroic deeds like climb Everest or swim the Atlantic.... Not a dull moment from beginning to end."
Stuart Nicholson - OBSERVER MUSIC MONTHLY

"A spectacular assemblage of hot favourites on the UK scene. Richards fills his charts with solo opportunities, shaping and framing each players' spell in the spotlight... [the] expressive fire rarely lets up. 'Epistrophy' receives an elaborate big band arrangement, with Tony Kofi getting rugged and Jason Yarde smearing and stretching on alto."
Martin Longley - JAZZ REVIEW

"Richards' arrangements are terrific, and the choice of material is just as good... A landmark achievement in a long career."
John Fordham - THE GUARDIAN

"The big, ballsy nine-piece GREAT SPIRIT... mix up giddy, rambunctious big-band style modern jazz with funk, Monk-inspired bop and the lovely sax and piano duo of 'Fish Wish'... [They] seem to embody that brand of raw British big-group jazz pioneered in the day by The Jazz Warriors. Worth checking, and don't miss them live."
Tom Barlow - JAZZWISE

"Immediately accessible, wide-ranging album... as infectiously enjoyable as it is carefully constructed and programmed... blues and post-bop jazz, tinged with funk, African and Latin influences... powerful, earthy, dramatic music... a judiciously balanced band in top form."
Chris Parker - JAZZ AT RONNIE SCOTTS

 

 

 

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